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BIG SOUND: Music Industry Summit & Showcase
10 - 12 September 2008, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia
Big Sound Showcases

Mei Lai Swan

09:50 PM The Press Club - Empire Hotel, 339 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley

The branding ‘unique’ is bandied about far too often when it comes to musicians and the art they practice – but in the case of cellist and songstress Mei Lai Swan it’s entirely appropriate. Originally from Melbourne, she moved to Alice Springs for what was supposed to be a brief stint in the desert and more than two years later has the red dirt stuck under her fingernails and can’t seem to leave. Instead she has emerged onto the national music scene with a stunning debut EP titled ‘The Morning Tree’. A collection of 6 and a half songs that travel effortlessly back and forth between genres, with arrangements including full strings, horns and breakbeats, ‘it is the lush sound of the cello and her unique captivating voice that make Mei Lai’s music so enticing’ (Triple J Unearthed). The depth and enchanting quality of her lyrical music is grounded in a love of songwriting, a gift for the unexpected and a keen sense for just being human.

web/myspace link: www.myspace.com/meilaiswan

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